Over seventy of Ireland’s finest young wind, brass and percussion players have been selected to play in this year’s Irish Youth Wind Ensemble – a week long music course where young musicians can hone their talents under the guidance of professional conductors and musicians. This year the course culminates in a concert at University Concert Hall Limerick at 6.30pm. Many of the musicians involved have played with orchestras such as the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and the Cork Symphony Orchestra and been on tours to Italy, Abu Dhabi and Lisbon. The musicians will be led by the talented conductor Ronan O’Reilly, who is the Director of Music of the Artane School of Music/Artane Band.
The concert’s repertoire will feature popular works such as Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin and the Star Wars Trilogy.
The Wind Ensemble was formed in 1985 by James Cavanagh and Fred O’Callaghan. Since its beginnings, over a thousand people have participated in the event. The ethos of the IYWE is to offer young wind, brass and percussion players an opportunity to study, perform and experience music specifically composed for the wind ensemble medium and to present music which otherwise would not be heard by Irish audiences. Not only is the Wind Ensemble the leading platform for these young musicians to exhibit their musical prowess but, due to its unique nature, is often the birthplace of many Irish and even world premieres of wind ensemble compositions.
For tickets, click here or call 061 331549. (Tickets will also be available on the door.)
Full concert details can be found here.